The truck driver from Georgia accused of triggering the highway crash that injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian hadn’t slept for more than 24 hours before the accident, authorities said Monday as the actor recovered in a New Jersey hospital, The Associated Press reports.
Wal-Mart truck driver Kevin Roper was originally expected to make an initial appearance in state court Monday, but a court official said the Jonesboro, Ga., resident is scheduled in court on Wednesday. It wasn’t clear Monday if Roper had retained an attorney. He remained free after posting $50,000 bond.
Authorities said the 35-year-old Roper apparently failed to slow for traffic ahead early Saturday in Cranbury Township and swerved at the last minute to avoid a crash. Instead, his big rig smashed into the back of Morgan’s chauffeured Mercedes limo bus, killing comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, authorities said.
The 45-year-old Morgan, a former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” cast member, remained in critical condition Monday. Morgan’s spokesman, Lewis Kay, said he was “more responsive” Sunday after having surgery for a broken leg.
Kay said Morgan suffered a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs and is expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks. He said Morgan’s family is “tremendously overwhelmed and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from his fans.”
Roper has been charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Under New Jersey law, to prove both crimes the state has to demonstrate the defendant operated the vehicle recklessly when the injuries or death were caused.
According to the criminal complaint, Roper was operating the truck “without having slept for a period in excess of 24 hours resulting in a motor vehicle accident.” It doesn’t specify the basis for that assertion.
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s family was “dead broke” and saddled with legal bills when she and her husband left the White House, the former first lady said in an interview that aired Monday.
Republicans immediately seized on the comment and said it demonstrated that Clinton, the Democratic Party’s strongest contender for its 2016 presidential nomination, was out of touch.
“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,” Clinton told ABC News. “We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.”
Since leaving the White House, former President Bill Clinton earned a fortune in speaking fees and Hillary Rodham Clinton represented New York in the Senate.
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate financial disclosure forms, filed for 2000, show assets between $781,000 and almost $1.8 million. The forms allow senators to report assets in broad ranges.
The same form, however, shows the Clintons owed between $2.3 million and $10.6 million in legal fees to four firms. Again, the forms allow senators to report debts in broad ranges.
The Clintons paid off their legal bills by 2004, according to Senate disclosure forms. And by 2009, when Hillary Rodham Clinton was preparing to join President Barack Obama’s administration as secretary of state, the Clintons’ wealth was somewhere between $10 million and $50 million.
Republicans quickly pounced.
“How out of touch is Hillary Clinton when ‘dead broke’ = mansions & massive speaking fees?” tweeted Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus.
Democrats leveled a similar charge against the GOP’s wealthy 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.
Neil Patrick Harris has truly prepared for his role in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” – and we're not just referring to all of those hours spent rehearsing, People reports.
Harris, who took home the Tony Award for best actor in a musical Sunday night, frequently gets up close and personal with lucky theatergoers – in the form of smooches. To keep healthy, he regularly loads up on plenty of vitamins.
"[My voice coach] has handfuls of pills that I'm supposed to be taking," he told reporters after his big win. "I keep my levels high – a lot of vitamin C."
Added Harris, who stopped the Tonys show by performing a number in full regalia and getting really cozy with Sting: "It's important to be preemptive – preventive work."
Harris plays an East German transgender rocker looking for love in the revival of the cult hit that originally opened off-Broadway in 1998 and was made famous on both stage and screen by actor John Cameron Mitchell. The show raked in four Tonys – so Harris won't be slowing down any time soon.
In addition to vitamins, he's clocking in plenty of cardio, drinking liquids and attending physical therapy.
"I'm trying to ride above before I get sick," he says. "I can't get sick."
Police say they arrested a burglar at the Los Angeles home of Sandra Bullock while the actress was there, but she wasn’t harmed.
Los Angeles police spokeswoman Nuria Vanegas says officers responded to the call of a prowler around 6:30 a.m. Sunday and arrested 39-year-old Joshua Corbett on suspicion of residential burglary.
A phone message left for Bullock’s publicist, Cheryl Maisel, wasn’t immediately returned. But she acknowledged the burglary for People magazine and said Bullock is “unharmed and fine.”
It wasn’t clear whether Corbett has hired an attorney, and a phone message left at a possible family home wasn’t immediately returned.
The 49-year-old actress is best known for her roles in “Speed,” ‘‘Gravity,” and “The Blind Side,” for which she won an Academy Award.
Casper Smart isn't the only one to feel the absence of Jennifer Lopez this week, People reported.
World Cup fans won’t be seeing the singer perform with rapper Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte at the event's opening ceremony Thursday, FIFA announced, according to various reports.
Lopez, 44, has canceled her plan to perform this year's official World Cup song, "We Are One (Ole Ola)," due to unspecified production issues, FIFA officials said.
"We can confirm the accuracy of FIFA's statement," a rep for Lopez tells People. "Regretfully [she] will not be attending this year's World Cup opening ceremonies."
The cancellation is not connected to her split from choreographer/actor Smart.
Pitbull and Leitte will perform the song without Lopez for the finale of the opening ceremony, which artistic director Daphne Cornez says "is a tribute to Brazil and its treasures: nature, people, football."